02:40 AM EDT 12/16/2014
Originally posted 10/02/2014 11:30AM
Dr. William Petit Jr. has a new life with his wife, Christine, and baby son, William Petit III, but something as simple as a song or smell can send him back to the horror of the day he lost his first family, he says in a new interview with the Hartford Courant.
Originally posted 11/27/2013 02:10PM
Dr. William Petit Jr. and his wife, Christine, released a photo of their 5-day-old son, William Petit III on Wednesday.
"Our son is a beautiful Thanksgiving and Christmas gift," Dr. Petit, 57, said in a statement. "He is very lovable and sweet."
Dr. Petit lost his first wife, Jennifer, 48, and daughters Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11, in a brutal home invasion in July 2007. He married Christine Paluf, a photographer, in August 2012.
Originally posted 11/26/2013 12:50PM
William Petit, whose family was murdered in 2007, has welcomed a baby boy with his new wife, Christine.
The couple had a healthy baby boy named William, PEOPLE confirms.
The pair, who wed in 2012, announced that they were expecting a child in August.
Originally posted 08/03/2013 11:30AM
Dr. William Petit Jr. and his wife, Christine, were flooded with well-wishes after announcing her pregnancy Thursday.
"Lo, children are a heritage of the LORD," Dr. Petit Tweeted the Psalm in response to one follower's excited congratulations. "And the fruit of the womb is his reward."
Equally ecstatic were his former in-laws and friends of the couple, who married last August.
Originally posted 08/01/2013 08:40PM
Dr. William Petit Jr., whose wife and two daughters were murdered in 2007, is expecting a child with his new wife, Christine.
"Christine is 22 weeks along and is due the first week of December," their spokesman, Rick Healey, said Thursday.
"I'm very excited," an emotional Dr. Petit told Connecticut TV station WFSB. "Children are always your jewels."
Originally posted 07/22/2013 03:30PM
It was the crime of nightmares.
In July 2007, Steven Hayes and Joshua Komiserjevsky broke into the home of Connecticut doctor William Petit and held the family hostage for hours. After bludgeoning Dr. Petit with a baseball bat, they strangled his wife, Jennifer Hawke-Petit and assaulted the couple's two daughters, Michaela, 11, and Hayley, 17. Then, they set the house on fire, killing both girls. Only Dr. Petit survived.
As news of the murders spread, Hayes's daughter, 15-year-old Alicia, had just returned from a high school camp for students who were interested in becoming police officers.
Originally posted 08/09/2012 01:50PM
The Connecticut doctor who lost his wife and children in a brutal home invasion five years ago married his fiancée Sunday in an emotion-filled day that included his late wife's family, who has given the couple their blessing.
Dr. William Petit, Jr., 55, and freelance photographer Christine Paluf, 35, said their vows before about 300 guests in the chapel at the Holy Family Passionist Monastery and Retreat Center in West Hartford, Conn., according to his spokesman, Rick Healey.
Father David Cinquegrani presided over the Mass at their wedding. Paluf wore an ivory lace gown by Modern Trousseau, a Connecticut-based designer. Her father, Robert Paluf, gave her away. A reception followed at The Riverview in Simsbury, Conn.
Originally posted 01/27/2012 12:30PM
At the formal sentencing for the man who murdered his wife and daughters on Friday, Dr. William Petit addressed the court for the second time in 13 months.
"Evil does live among us and we need to rid the world of it," he told the court. "My only hope is for justice to be served."
Explaining the impact of the loss of his family, Petit told the court, "I have a difficult time sleeping and trusting anymore. I hope to continue honoring my family."
"I could go on for hours and hours," he said during his 18-minute address. "What do I miss? What has the impact been? I miss the entire family – our home, everything we had together as a group."
Originally posted 01/04/2012 06:55PM
Dr. William Petit Jr., the lone survivor of a brutal home invasion that took the lives of his wife and two daughters in 2007, is engaged to photographer Christine Paluf.
The couple met while Paluf, 34, was photographing events for the Petit Family Foundation. They became engaged after Christmas but have not set a wedding date, Petit's spokesman Rick Healey tells PEOPLE.
Petit, 55, has sat through the separate trials of two men accused of killing his wife, Jennifer Hawke-Petit, 48, and his two daughters, Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11.
Originally posted 12/09/2011 05:55PM
After five days of deliberation, a jury in Connecticut sentenced Joshua Komisarjevsky to death Friday.
Komisarjevsky was convicted in October of a litany of charges including murder, kidnapping, arson, burglary and assault in the deaths of Jennifer Hawke-Petit, 48, Hayley Petit, 17, and Michaela Petit, 11 during a home invasion at their Cheshire, Conn., home on July 23, 2007.
Komisarjevsky, 31, will join his accomplice Steven Hayes – who was convicted of 16 charges, including murder, last year – on death row after a jury of seven women and five men decided that he should be executed.
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